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  Mar 22, 2023
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] 
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Science Technology (2166) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science


The Environmental Science Technology program is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for entry level employment in the fields of environmental compliance and technology. Courses provide a solid foundation in the principles of environmental data collection and analysis with the opportunity for specialization in Assessment and Safety Compliance, Hazardous Materials, or Water Quality. Career opportunities in these fields exist in both the private and public sectors.

Three technical certificates available within this degree program: Assessment and Safety Compliance (6020) (T.C.), Hazardous Materials Specialist (6021) (T.C.), and Water Quality Technician (6260) (T.C.). Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.


The mission of the Environmental Science Technology Program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of Assessment and Safety Compliance, Hazardous Materials, and Water Quality. Students will learn environmental data collection, data analysis, and report writing through conceptual and hands-on learning. Students may also acquire skills to prevent pollution and mitigate polluted sites. Students will do these things in accordance with all federal and state guidelines. Program graduates will acquire the necessary skills to play a vital role in protecting our environment.  


Given the increasing emphasis on environment protection, safety and health, the environmental field is growing rapidly. Graduates may secure entry-level positions with environmental companies, Federal, State and local governments, utilities, the military, industry or nonprofit organizations locally, as well as on state, national and international level.


Internships are required as an integral part of this degree program.

Need more information?

Visit the Environmental Science Program Web pages,
or contact Dr. Michael D. Reynolds, Kent Campus, (904) 381-3665 or

Other Links of Interest

Environmental Science Program Web pages
Florida Agency for Workforce and Innovation
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Green Jobs Guidebook


Total Credit Hours: 64

Professional Electives (Minimum Credit Hours: 6)

 Minimum 6 credit hours from the selected courses.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed the minimum required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements .
  6. Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2012/2013) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2017, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2016/2017 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  7. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

University Transfer

This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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